Auto-generated topic channels
You may see general channels of trending and popular videos that are auto-generated by YouTube. Just like user channels, you can subscribe to these channels and stay updated on new videos.
On these channels, you'll see a notice in the 'About' section that they've been auto-generated by YouTube and they'll have 'topic' in their title name, such as Surfing - Topic.
Common questions about topic channelsHow does YouTube determine when to create an auto-generated channel?
An auto-generated channel is created when we identify a topic to have a significant presence on the site. If a topic doesn't have an auto-generated channel, it may be because:
- There are only a few videos on the topic.
- There aren't many views for videos on this topic.
- The videos on the topic don't meet YouTube's quality threshold.
YouTube algorithmically determines the central topics in a video and then uses that information to develop collections of videos for any topic of interest. These channels don't convey any editorial opinion on the part of YouTube.
You don't need to do anything except follow the normal best practices for discovery of a video: have a really good title and description. Learn more about making your channel and content more discoverable in the Creator Academy.
Remember to focus on quality of tags rather than the quantity. And, as always, don't try to mislead users – that's a violation of YouTube's Community Guidelines.
An auto-generated channel presents a collection of videos about a single subject. When the same term can have multiple interpretations ('Chicago' = city; musical; movie; musical band), the auto-generated channel reflects one interpretation of that term. The term might have multiple channels. Auto-generated channels also provide:
- The ability to subscribe and get regular updates about this topic in your YouTube feed
- A way to find other channels related to this topic
- More context about this topic from Wikipedia or other sources